B.C. has shattered its daily COVID-19 case record.
British Columbia health officials reported 941 new cases – including 11 on Vancouver Island – and 10 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The total number of confirmed cases in B.C. now stands at 28,348 while the death toll climbs to 358.
Prior to today’s figures, B.C. has never recorded more than 800 new cases in a 24-hour period. The highest number of new cases ever recorded in a single day was 737 on Nov. 17, according to the BCCDC’s website.
In a statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, urged British Columbians to slow the spread of COVID-19 immediately.
“We need to ease the pressure to allow us to get over this next hurdle, and importantly, give us the ability to once again enjoy those things that are important to all of us,” she said.
Of the new cases, 678 were recorded in Fraser Health, 174 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 11 in Island Health, 49 in Interior Health, and 29 in Northern Health.
There are presently 7,732 active cases in the province, 284 people in hospital – 61 of whom are in intensive care – and 10,283 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.
On a positive note, a total of 19,605 people have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C.
According to Island Health, there 152 active cases of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island – 44 in South Island, 94 in Central Island and 12 in North Island.
Island Health has recorded a total of 505 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in British Columbia, the province continues to lag behind many others when it comes to testing.
According to Health Canada’s dashboard, B.C.’s testing rate per million was 145,107, the seventh-highest behind Ontario, P.E.I., Alberta Quebec, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.